(Published - 12 June 2020)
Covid-19 exposes water scarcity as a governance problem
Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 13:00 (CAT)
The world water crisis predates the coronavirus pandemic.
This crisis manifests in many ways:
- nearly one billion people lack access to potable water and improved sanitation;
- millions of farmers are in need of small-scale infrastructure to ensure enough water for their crops should the rains fail; and
- cities are simultaneously on the brink of running out of water while urban dwellers stand knee-deep in rainy-season flood water.
Efforts to overcome these problems have taken many forms, with Sustainable Development Goal 6—water and sanitation for all—being the most recent framework for action. Yet, problems persist.
In this webinar, we focus on lessons from the coronavirus pandemic for addressing the world’s water crisis. Participants will draw their examples from the SADC region and the wider world.
Speakers for this webinar features:
- Axolile Notywala (Secretary General for the Social Justice Coalition)
- Jay Bhagwan (Executive Manager: Water Use and Waste Management at the Water Research Commission)
- Prof Larry Swatuk (Director, Master of Development Practice Program at the University of Waterloo, Extraordinary Professor, Institute for Water Studies, University of Western Cape)